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2017 Home Run Daily Awards: Comeback Player Of The Year

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The 2017 World Series is right around the corner, which means that the baseball season will sadly soon be over. Fortunately, we have the MLB Awards to look forward to in  November after the playoffs finish up. Here at Home Run Daily, we’ve already given you our predictions for the Manager of the Year Award and Rookie of the Year Award. Now, it’s time to find out who we all think will win the Comeback Player of the Year Award in each league.

American League

Top Candidates: Mike Moustakas- Kansas City, Luis Severino- New York, Craig Kimbrel- Boston 

Votes: Matthew (@Flat_Manigen74): Mike Moustakas, Anthony (@AnthonyDiMoro): Luis Severino, Seth (@somebostonfan): Mike Moustakas, Me (@MikeAddvensky): Mike Moustakas

Mike Moustakas is the winner, with three votes out of four.

After winning the World Series with the Kansas City Royals in 2015, Moustakas missed the majority of the 2016 season due to a torn ACL in his right knee. He only played in 27 games before getting hurt. Moustakas had a nice comeback season this year. The Royals third baseman batted .272 with 38 home runs and 85 RBIs in 148 games. Moustakas also had a .521 slugging percentage this season, the highest percentage he’s ever had in his career.

Moustakas was voted to the American League All Star team this year for the second time in his career. He also participated in the Home Run Derby, but was eliminated by Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins in the first round.

His contract with the Royals is now up, so Moustakas will be a free agent this offseason. The way he performed this season, plenty of teams should be lining up to try and sign him.

National League 

Top Candidates: Ryan Zimmerman- Washington, Andrew McCutchen- Pittsburgh, Zack Greinke- Arizona 

Votes: Matthew (@Flat_Manigen74): Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony (@AnthonyDiMoro): Andrew McCutchen, Seth (@somebostonfan): Ryan Zimmerman, Me (@MikeAddvensky): Ryan Zimmerman,

Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman (11), watches his second solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Just like Moustakas, Zimmerman wins with three votes out of four.

Although Zimmerman did not suffer a season-ending injury during the 2016 season, he did have to spend some time on the disabled list. The Washington Nationals first baseman still ended up playing in 115 games, but he hit just .218 with 15 homers and 46 RBIs. It was definitely not his best season. However, Zimmerman had a great bounce-back season in 2017. In a Nationals lineup full of big hitters such as Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Jayson Werth, Zimmerman managed to stand out. In 144 games, he batted .303 with 36 home runs and 108 RBIs.

Zimmerman had never hit over 35 homers in a season before this year. He also topped 100 RBIs for the third time in his career. Zimmerman’s stellar performance in 2017 earned him a spot on the National League All Star team for just the second time in his career. He helped the Nationals win the NL East for the second straight year, but they ended up losing to the Chicago Cubs in the National League Division Series.

Be sure to stay tuned for more HR Daily Awards!

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Blue Jays Calling Up Cavan Biggio

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Cavan Biggio

The Toronto Blue Jays are calling up second base prospect Cavan Biggio to the majors for the very first time on Friday, according to ESPN.

Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, has performed well for Triple A Buffalo this season, posting a .306/.440/.507 slash line.

Toronto selected Biggio, 24, in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Royals Assign Drew Storen To Double-A

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Drew Storen

The Kansas City Royals have assigned former big-league reliever Drew Storen to Double-A Northwest Arkansas, according to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Paul Boyd.

Storen, who inked a minor league deal with the Royals back in February of this year, is attempting a comeback, as he hasn’t pitched in the majors since playing for the Cincinnati Reds back in 2017.

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Neil Ramirez Accepts Outright Assignment With Indians

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Neil Ramirez

Cleveland Indians reliever Neil Ramirez will remain within the organization after clearing outright waivers and accepting an assignment to Triple-A, according to an official team announcement.

Ramirez landed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Indians this offseason, avoiding arbitration.

Ramirez, 29, has struggled during the 2019 season and maybe a stint in Triple A will help him work things out.

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